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Ahead Of Audi Cup Final Against Bayern Munich

It`s just a pre-season tournament but we have to imagine Sir Alex Ferguson is going in to tonight`s match expecting us to win. Given the way Bayern Munich played last night and the fact they are in front of their home fans, I`d say the odds are against us. They looked a lot sharper than we did again Boca and showed no signs of the team that got humbled in last season`s Champions League.

I`d fancy Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen starting up front. Throughout all our pre-season games so far, they are the only two that have formed any real partnership. Things just didn`t quite click for Wayne Rooney last night, for all his hard work, and he would be a great sub to bring in. Federico Macheda didn´t do a lot right last night and I imagine Ferguson didn`t bring Owen on for a reason, so he is fully rested for today.

The injury to Wes Brown shouldn`t be as costly, given that Nemanja Vidic is supposed to be making a come back in to the team. Craig Cathcart had a good game last night, if we ignore the moment he came very close to scoring a great header for Boca, but I imagine he will lose out on his place to Rio, alongside Patrice Evra and John O´Shea across the back four.

We are certainly going to need grit in the midfield if we are to stop them penetrating our defence as easily as they did AC Milan`s last night. It would be good see both Carrick and Fletcher on from the start, although Anderson is flavour of the month following his great goal yesterday, so who knows.

The atmosphere should be great though, even if United fans are more bystanders rather than the ones creating it. The only obvious United fans in sight of me last night were some lads a few rows in front wearing Portugal shirts with Ronaldo on the back. The friendly banter of last night (laughing at Kuszczak kicking the ball out of play every few minutes etc.) will probably take a turn for the worst, I imagine. I can only compare the situations and wonder how I´d feel towards fans of a team that scored two goals in injury time against us in the European Cup final!

All together now… who put the ball in the German´s net?

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47 Comments

  1. sanj says:

    anderson!

  2. parth312 says:

    Solskajaer !!!

  3. sanj says:

    “can manchester united score? they always score…”

  4. Pi says:

    Bet we score in injury time again today :-)

    Is this our first meeting with Bayern after that fateful night in Barcelona?

  5. Modda says:

    Owen to make his first hat-trick for United :)

  6. NorwegianDevil says:

    No, they knocked us out in the quarter finals of the 2000-01 Champions League. At least I think it was that year.

  7. Sadique says:

    Hmmm.. We always struggle in the middle, no one can playmake and set the tempo of our play and gel,organise all players together..

    - We are just desperately need a playmaker/holding mf….(Senna,Riquelme,Fabregas,De Rossi,Sean Davis,Obi Mikel,Pirlo,Cambiasso)-no mentioning old/impossible, we just need it!

    SAF, please hear this message, u just heard my last year message,that is to play Berbatov up front,like he did at Spurs…

    ( Make sure Edin Dzeko plays his home games at Old Trafford next season too!!!)

  8. Jack says:

    Bayern tore Milan to pieces if everyones fit including brown and vidic i’d go with
    van der sar
    brown ferdiand vidic evra
    valenica carrick anderson/flecther nani
    rooney/berbatov owen

    if brown isnt fit then i say put fabio at rb and if vidic isnt then evans

  9. READ CAREFULLY WHAT I says:

    When does Obertan get his first run out?

  10. sanj says:

    i think obertan is out for a couple months with an injury.

  11. Manutd forever says:

    @ READ WHAT I SAID – He’s injured for 3 months and i think he is to return by october.

  12. Red Rooney says:

    he is drinking sheep’s milk in france

  13. jesmonta says:

    I would start with the following team :
    VDS – O Shea,Evra,Rio,Vidic, – Valencia,Carrick,Anderson,Tosic – Owen,Rooney.

  14. Oreluvsmanunited says:

    C’mon reds, let light up alianz arena.

  15. Phoenix Red says:

    Anyone know what time is kick off?

  16. bigphil2003 says:

    @ Sadique, what we desperately need (maybe not desperately) is the machine known as Hargreaves. Or at least the machine known as Anderson from two years ago.

  17. Jack says:

    @phoenix red .. 7:45 or half 7 i think

  18. King Eric says:

    Kuszczak’s kicking was fucking disgraceful last night. Every time the ball is passed back I shit myself. No confidence in the lad at all I am afraid.

  19. King Eric says:

    Sadique – Are you serious? Mikel is fucking shite mate and not in the same league as Fletch or Carrick as for Sean Davis? Pirlo is fucking over rated too, the man is slow as fuck. Senna too old as is Riqelme. Have some faith in the lads we have got.

  20. King Eric says:

    I wouldn’t look too much into Bayerns performance last night. Milan were awful, a disgrace actually. Ronaldinho walking around like the big man. Lou macari was NOT impressed by him. The space the defenders allowed, in particular to Lahm was laughable. Will be a bloody good game tonight.

  21. boam6 says:

    Is the game on at 8:45!!

  22. King Eric says:

    7.45 I think boam6.

    Off topic – Just been on the mail site and the dippers are trying to justify replacing Alonso with Cattermole and Michael Turner. “It will add more steel” they say! Deluded cunts. Why Cattermole? He is a stopper. They have that in the mental argie. The FSW really is a fool. Now he finally has control of transfers and look what the cunt is doing. Laughable. Are we gonna see him crack up again? Yes and I bet as early as September.

  23. Cantona7 says:

    Guys…you can watch adem ljajic in action in u19 championship….our future legend.

  24. Tufty says:

    Was very friendly over there in 2001 and will be the same tonight.
    Keep your eye on Ribbery, as he will be a Utd player by the end of August.

  25. boam6 says:

    The boca ac game kicks off at 6:30 game 1:30 plus half time and third place trophy can’t start at 7:45

  26. aig alex is god says:

    boam6 i.s the boca vs milan game at the allianz arena ?we plyd ystrday.the game must be at 1730 nt 1830.

  27. aig alex is god says:

    tufty.ribery has a knee injury.dnt think he wil play today

  28. King Eric says:

    Tufty – Do you honestly think Sir Alex is gonna spend £40 million or summat daft on Ribery when he has just bought two new wingers? Added to Tosic, Park and Nani I very much doubt it mate.

    boam6 – The Milan v Boca game kicked off at 5.30 pm gmt.

  29. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    im only home from a day of fun with emily because she deserved it but i was getting mails today telling me united have opened serious talks with munich over ribery
    so i came home jumped on the lap top to find no news of this but news that ribery will not play against united with a “KNEE INJURY”
    ……..27“““`

  30. aig alex is god says:

    ghtt.remembes wat fergie said.we were intrested in him bt once bayern said no united dropped the idea.plus bayern wnt 60mìllion for him.thats too much for 26year old congrats to emily.wat gift did u give her?

  31. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    we went to the museum and the zoo and bought bunk beds????
    i dunno she wanted them
    im just saying i dont know what the story is with the emails as i say i got ones that said silva wasas good as done so i dunno

  32. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    cant have a match without an Emily related video now can we
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqY5KnPtnhw

  33. Jish Inc. says:

    On another note that Argie twat has finally let the cat out of the bag. He says that in a team full of other quality players u cannot expect to play every game. Wonder what he was going on about when having a go at SAF. Just confirmed what we knew all along. It was all about the money, not the football

  34. King Eric says:

    gotta hate and aig – Glad Emily’s play went well mate and had a good day today I hope.

    Yes apparantly Gill had a word with Bayern in March at a meeting but were told categorically NO. Just cannot see Sir Alex getting ANOTHER winger.

  35. Drew Vader says:

    How close until the game?? And will we have any good links available??

  36. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    owen and berba to start is all that is said so far but
    11 changes from the team that started yesterday
    so id say nani scholes

  37. Dani says:

    Does someone knows what’s the score between Milan x Boca, anyone seeing that?

  38. aig alex is god says:

    cuntevez is making a fool of himself day by day.he is also proving us right dt he went to shitty for money.nyways least botherea abt him.king eric.u r right mate.we have half dozen good pacey wingers.dnt need ribery or anyone else.a good defensive mid if available at right price will do.

  39. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    van der sar in goal
    evra evens rio and fletch?? in the back 4 football genius at right back
    nani giggs scholes gipson
    berbatov owen

  40. aig alex is god says:

    dani milan lead 1 0.8 mns left. ghtt.is that the team?

  41. aig alex is god says:

    its midnight here in india.gotta get up at 7 in the morning.and yet i cant sleep even though united are playing a friendly.getting tensed.how crazy can u be.

  42. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    thats the team A.I.G.

  43. Tufty says:

    As I say, (taps nose) Ribbery set for Utd move.

  44. veek says:

    berbatov and owen… winning partnership
    we should really test out how rooney and macheda work out… might be a repeat of the 98-99 season

  45. ken wine says:

    Bayern munich GUYS SHOULD BE INTELLIGENT ABOUT WAYEN MAC ROONEY

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